Loved by the locals: Auckland

Spread over 4000km of designated marine park, the glistening waters of the Hauraki Gulf reach from the shores of Auckland...

Auckland Sky Tower and the illuminated light path bicycle lane beside the highway. © Mlenny 
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Tuakau Hotel Visit website

Let historic Tuakau Hotel's elegance embrace you. Each of the 10 hotel rooms and 6 apartments has its own climate control to suit your personal needs. . . . More . . . 

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Five picks for a weekend in Takapuna

A short drive across Auckland’s harbour bridge leads to an iconic beach, great cafés and, in summer, water-based activities in the warm sea. Read the story . . . 

Mission Bay Visit website

Mission Bay is a waterfront haven for all Aucklanders. Built around the idyllic, pohutukawa-lined beach and separated from the central city by a brief and . . . More . . . 

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Grange Motor Lodge Visit website

AA Supreme Host of the Year Award 2004 & 2005. Winner: Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Award for Tourism and Hospitality 2008. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Great Barrier Island: a rugged road trip

It’s as if a chunk of Coromandel Peninsula floated off to the north. There’s the surf beach side and the quieter bay side, like Coromandel, with the steep choppy spine in between. Read the story . . . 

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Mercer Backpackers Visit website

Historic Mercer Hotel Backpackers is at Mercer Airport on Koheroa Rd between SH 1 at Mercer and SH 2 at Mangatawhiri. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Urban explorer: Ponsonby

Wealthy, good-looking and oh-so-hip, if Ponsonby was a kid you went to school with, you’d probably hate them. Read the story . . . 

Sandspit Holiday Park Visit website

Sandspit Holiday Park is a beautiful beach front family camp located just 7km from Warkworth township and just a short stroll from the Kawau Ferry. . . . More . . . 

Bookmark Secondhand Book Shop Visit website

Purveyors of quality secondhand, used and rare books.Situated in historic Devonport, just a short 10 minute ferry ride from Downtown Auckland. . . . More . . . 

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Urban explorer: Point Chevalier

If you’re partial to a peninsula and you like your city settlements on the quirky side, the trio of suburbs near central Auckland’s inner harbour is well worth exploring.  Read the story . . . 

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Waiuku Motel Visit website

QUIET * CENTRAL * SPACIOUS * CLEAN * CONVENIENT * COMFORTABLE * AFFORDABLE* Welcome to our charming town of Waiuku, we invite you to Waiuku . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Firth of Thames: the gentle way south

The alternate road heading south from Auckland, along the Firth of Thames, is a quiet, visual treat with lots to see and do. Read the story . . . 

Skydive Auckland Visit website

At Skydive Auckland we offer the highest tandem skydive in New Zealand's North Island, where you can jump from 16,500ft! Attached to your instructor you . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: Queen Street

Queen Street is considered Auckland’s main street, the axis on which the city spins. Read the story . . . 

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